Travis Hamm, UMKC and Rockhurst
The school year has begun on colleges in Kansas City, and that means we are busy connecting with new students. I often share with others that there is a real need for ministries to college students on college campuses. My interactions with three students this past week only reinforced this belief.
One student shared that as a victim of rape last year their faith in God was tested, but this year they desire to draw closer to Him. Another student communicated that an aggressive form of cancer was found in their mom’s brain, and they could really use prayer. Later in the week, another student told me they’d been really interested in learning what the Bible has to say about homosexuality and gender roles.
We desire to walk alongside these students and many more like them on all 17 campuses in the greater Kansas City area. I’ve been excited about new opportunities and possibilities for gospel ministry at University of Missouri – Kansas City, Park University, Maple Woods Community College, Johnson County Community College, and Avila University. Join me in praying for Godly wisdom as I, churches, and students seek to faithfully minister this semester.
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Carson Conover, Longview and Blue River
We’re a couple months into the new year at MCC Blue River and Longview. The fall semester began with new student outreach. We invited students to fill out an online survey to gauge spiritual interest. We were able to collect 226 new student contacts. We followed up with them via text message and set up as many gospel appointments as possible to get to know students, hear their stories, share the gospel, and get them connected. We also hosted a Back-to-School Bash and had approximately 15 students join us for tacos and lawn games at a local park.
As a result of our outreach efforts, we were able to launch 6 new Bible studies all of which will be studying the book of Acts. I’m leading a Bible study at Blue River on Mondays and another at Longview on Thursdays. The rest of the Bible studies are led by student leaders. There are approximately 30-45 students engaged in these Bible studies as of now.
Thank you for all of you prayers and financial support. I’m grateful!